US Accused of Trying to Dilute Global Agreements on Women’s Rights (Celia)
From the Guardian: “Draft documents suggest US will refuse to reaffirm commitment to international declaration on women’s rights at New York forum.”
Hawaii Could Become 1st State to Ban Most Plastic at Restaurants (Reader Steve)
The author writes, “Dozens of cities nationwide, including Portland, have banned plastic foam containers. But Hawaii’s measure targeting fast-food and full-service restaurants would make it the first state to do so. … A second, more ambitious proposal would go even further and prohibit restaurants, stores, wholesalers and government agencies from distributing and using plastic drink bottles, utensils, stirring sticks, bags and straws.”
What Afghan Soldiers Think About US Troop Withdrawal and Taliban Peace Talks (Chris)
The author writes, “Eighteen years [after 9/11], both America and Afghanistan find themselves far short of their goals to create a peaceful future for [Afghanistan] without the Taliban. Few Afghans I spoke to expressed confidence in a military solution.”
Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerilla War’ Against Local Governments (Chris)
From Wired: “In the past five months alone, the company has spent nearly $1 million to overturn regulations in San Diego and has sued Boston, Miami, and Palm Beach County over local ordinances that require Airbnb to collect taxes or remove illegal listings.”
Cool and Quirky Used Bookstores to Add to Your Bucket List (Russ)
The author writes, “From a TV-famous U.K. shop popular for its rare stock to a heavens-high store in Colombia with a mythological name, take a peek inside these creaky, geeky homes of recycled tomes and paperbacks…”
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